About: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Global Europe 18-01-2021

Facing Biden, Erdogan extends olive branch to EU

Facing a potentially hostile US administration, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is trying to break his isolation by mending EU relations, torn by what the bloc views as his bellicose foreign policy.
Global Europe 23-12-2020

Erdogan slams European rights court’s ruling in support of Kurdish leader

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday (23 December)  blasted the top European rights court's call for Turkey to release Kurdish political leader Selahattin Demirtaş after four years in jail.
Global Europe 21-12-2020

EU hopes for Eastern Mediterranean conference fritter away

The EU push for a multilateral conference on the Eastern Mediterranean to ease tensions in the region has reached deadlock, diplomatic sourced told EURACTIV.com.
Global Europe 21-12-2020

How COVID changed geopolitics in 2020

Before winter holidays put an end to a very unusual year, EURACTIV takes a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the bigger picture of international relations.
Azerbaijan 21-12-2020

Opportunity for durable peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be seized

There are already signs for the potential transformation of the conflictual environment around Nagorno-Karabakh into one of cooperation and joint projects, writes Vasif Huseynov. Vasif Huseynov is a senior adviser at the Center of Analysis of International Relations of Azerbaijan....
Global Europe 18-12-2020

Erdogan ‘openly interferes’ in Bulgarian politics, pundits say

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has started to interfere openly in Bulgarian domestic politics, pundits said after he made an unprecedented video address to Bulgaria's mostly ethnic Turkish Movement of Rights and Freedoms (DPS).
Global Europe 15-12-2020

Turkey ‘upset’, but undeterred by US sanctions and EU threats

Turkey will not abandon its rights and interests in the eastern Mediterranean because of possible European Union sanctions or criticism, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Monday (14 December), the day when the US effectively sanctioned Ankara.
Global Europe 11-12-2020

Merkel and Borissov blocked EU sanctions against Turkey at summit: sources

Germany and Bulgaria were the most vocal among the EU countries who blocked sanctions against Turkey at the EU summit on 10 December, sources have told EURACTIV.com.
Global Europe 11-12-2020

US set to sanction Turkey over Russian defense system

The United States is poised to impose sanctions on Turkey over its acquisition last year of Russian S-400 air defense systems, three US officials said, a move likely to worsen already problematic ties between the two NATO allies.
Azerbaijan 10-12-2020

Turkey’s Erdogan, at Nagorno-Karabakh parade, says Armenia needs new leaders

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday (10 December) renewed a call for a change of leadership in Armenia, as he reviewed a military parade marking that country’s defeat by Azerbaijan in a war in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Global Europe 08-12-2020

The EU and Turkey: Three scenarios

The volatile situation around Erdoğan’s Turkey poses a dilemma for EU decision makers. Three scenarios can be envisaged for how the EU handles tensions with Ankara, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Global Europe 07-12-2020

EU countries feel ‘numb’ about Turkey ahead of critical EU summit

EU member states cannot find a common ground to respond to an escalating situation with Turkey ahead of a crucial summit later this week, EURACTIV has learnt.
Global Europe 05-12-2020

Erdogan hopes France will ‘get rid of Macron’ as soon as possible

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday (4 December) he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders.
Global Europe 04-12-2020

Michel says Turkey should stop playing ‘cat and mouse’ with EU

Turkey has not de-escalated its stand-off with Greece in response to diplomatic outreach, European Council chief Charles Michel said on Friday (4 December) and warned that EU member states would now consider “the means at our disposal”, which most probably means sanctions.
Global Europe 02-12-2020

EU-Turkey: A showdown in Brussels 

The question of whether to impose sanctions against Turkey will test how far EU leaders are prepared to support President Erdogan's “repressive form of rule”. writes Robert Ellis.
Global Europe 26-11-2020

France, MEPs push for sanctions on Turkey next month

France is leading a push for European Union sanctions on Turkey at the 10-11 December summit to follow through on a threat made by the bloc in October.
Global Europe 26-11-2020

Hundreds face life in prison in trial over Turkey’s 2016 attempted coup

A Turkish court will hand down verdicts Thursday (26 November) to nearly 500 suspects in one of the main trials stemming from the bloody 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Global Europe 25-11-2020

Turkey, Russia discuss involving other countries in Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire efforts

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday (25 November) he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed the possibility of involving other countries in efforts to maintain a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia 24-11-2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia-Azerbaijan peace deal is strategic disaster for Iran

Azerbaijan now is in control over the entirety of its border with Iran along the Aras river,and while this may be a cause for celebration in Baku, it is viewed with alarm in Tehran, writes Dnyanesh Kamat.
Global Europe 23-11-2020

France says Turkey’s ‘soothing declarations’ not good enough

France said Sunday (22 November) it expects Turkey to de-escalate international tension with actions instead of words ahead of an EU decision on possible further sanctions against Ankara.
Global Europe 16-11-2020

Erdogan says Cyprus to stay divided, visits ‘ghost town’ in Turkish-held north

Turkey's president said he favours a permanent "two-state" division of Cyprus during a visit Sunday to the breakaway Turkish-held north condemned as a provocation by the internationally recognised Greek-speaking south.

Turkey frets as industry applauds deal to access EU military projects

Although the EU has recently agreed on a set of conditions for third countries to join its defence programmes, Turkey is likely to remain outside the framework. As EURACTIV first reported in late October, EU27 agreed on conditions to allow...
Azerbaijan 11-11-2020

Russian peacekeepers head to Nagorno-Karabakh after peace deal

Russian began deploying 2,000 peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday (10 November) after Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed a peace deal to end weeks of fierce fighting over the disputed region.
Global Europe 09-11-2020

A Biden administration is bad news for Turkey’s Erdogan

Donald Trump’s lackadaisical approach to Turkey's President Recep Erdoğan gave him an opening for an aggressive and revisionist set of policies that pushed the boundaries of Turkey’s relations with America and Europe, writes Henri J Barkey.
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